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Colin Kaepernick belongs in the NFL according to new survey of the league's defensive players

There is no one more suitable to determine how good a quarterback is than the guys who line up against him on Sundays.

And according to a recent poll that was conducted by The Athletic, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick at least deserves a job in the NFL.

Of the 85 defensive players from 25 teams that the Athletic polled, 95% believe that Kaepernick is good enough to be an NFL quarterback. Eighty-one players voted in his favor, while just two disagreed, with two more responding with “no comment.”

According to the poll, one player would replace "25 percent of the league" with Kaepernick, while another believes there has to be a spot for him somewhere in the league. "S--t, any team that carries three quarterbacks for sure, the third guy on that roster. And a majority of the teams with two quarterbacks, he should be the backup. And some places he should be the starter."

Given his decision to kneel during the national anthem in peaceful protest against racism and police brutality, Kaepernick hasn’t played since the 2016 season. That led to him filing a collusion grievance against the league, alleging that he’s being "blackballed" because of his protest.

Eighty-six quarterbacks have been signed since Kaepernick last played for the 49ers.

The poll went on to ask players whose spot Kaepernick should take. Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles led the way with 20%. He was followed by former Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman at 18%.

According to the numbers, Peterman — who most recently suited up for the Raiders — has a career passer rating of 32.5 and has been so dreadful in his time as an NFL quarterback that if Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw over 1,000 consecutive interceptions he would still have a better touchdown-to-interception ratio than Peterman.

Peterman threw 12 interceptions to just three touchdowns in only eight appearances in his two seasons with the Bills.

Kaepernick, 31, has a 28-30 record and a completion percentage of 59.8%, 85 total touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He also has a 4-2 postseason record and led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013.

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